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Card image 04 February 2021 Daily Maverick

A botanist watches evolution and extinction play out in Richtersveld

No one alive knows more about the specialised and diverse plants of the Richtersveld than ‘amateur’ botanist Pieter van Wyk, whose family have lived and farmed here since the 1830s. Yet he’s seeing entire species disappear – it appears that up to 85% of the populations of many plants have died. So what keeps him going?

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